For those of you that are not aware, I am currently in grad school pursuing my degree in library and information sciences with a focus in archival administration. I love archives. I get really nerdy talking about archives.
They are an incredible source of information and knowledge that most people don’t really know about.
So far, I have only taken two classes focused on archives. Well, I am currently in those two courses. But I have read an article that literally made me squeal and go “That’s why I want to be an archivist!!”
Kathleen D. Roe works with the New York State Archives, in her article, she answers the critical questions of why? Why do archives keep what they keep? Why should people care about them? Why do archives matter?
Archives usually have a collecting focus. This basically means that they don’t really just collect anything and everything. They might about a certain area or topic. Like local archives collecting documents and objects about the local area. Or universities keeping records relating to the university.
Reasons Why Archives Matter:
- They help to inspire people.
- They provide essential evidence.
- Help to create new knowledge.
- Help to understand Human Experience.
- And so much more!
Archives have so much to offer. They are the key holders to the stories of the past. And there are so many different types of archives to explore!
Local archives, museum archives, university archives. Seriously, go do a google search for some archives,. I bet there is one close to where you live.
And if you want a little more insight or general info on archives here are some useful links to check out:
If you have any questions or comments reach out and I’ll do my best to help!
- Roe, K. D. (2016). Why archives? The American Archive,79(1), 6-13.